Community media in times of (Coronavirus) crisis

Community media play a vital role in times of crisis. We are taking our work as providers of information very seriously, especially in this situation, because we consider it politically crucial to accompany this pandemic with a spirit of solidarity and with a critical view of society and a fair perspective. Our role is not to spread panic, but to engage in responsible communication. Providing multilingual information is part of our mandate and a task still inadequately carried out by official sources.

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Supporting Quality Journalism through Media and Information Literacy

The Council of Europe has published its study Supporting Quality Journalism through Media and Information Literacy.

This report provides the findings of a study on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) that was conducted in support of the work of the CoE Committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ), as well as a series of recommendations from the authors of the study to be considered by member states and other stakeholders.

Nadia Bellardi and Helmut Peissl from CMFE actively contributed to the dissemination of the survey in the community media network and highlighted the unique role of community media in promoting media literacy.

The study notes that: A common feature of the community media initiatives is to provide alternative media for local people and, in particular, for minority communities, and to provide them with the opportunity to actively participate in creating media and by extension learning about the media and developing critical media literacy skills.

Discover Ukraine – a new country where the Community Media Sector is going to get born.

 

General overview/The main trends
Grass-root activities and the good cases, several local & international players involved but still no legal recognition of community media. This is situation in Ukraine as we see it now. And it is going to be changed according to EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – Ukraine has to implement the European regulations on Audiovisual Services (AVS). And, as a part of this new legislation framework, to establish a community media sector. About 240 municipal TV/Radio outlets will face the procedure of «destatisation»: now they are owned by state agencies/local authorities but need to become public, private/commercial or, probably, community media. And we hope the Association (Ukrainian Community Media Forum) we started last year could be a good platform for community activists to get success.

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CMFE participation in the Council of Europe CDMSI meeting December 3-5, 2019

CMFE continues its valued engagement as observer at the CDMSI Steering Committee on Media and Information Society of the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg and its Expert committees.

 

“The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) is vested with the important mission to steer the work of the Council of Europe in the field of freedom of expression, media and internet governance.”

https://www.coe.int/en/web/freedom-expression/cdmsi

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CMFE participates in EC Media Literacy Expert Group Meeting

The European Commission brings together media literacy stakeholders in an Expert Group on Media Literacy which meets annually to:
– identify, document and extend good practices in the field of media literacy;
– facilitate networking between different stakeholders, with the aim of cross-
fertilisation;
– explore synergies between different EU policies and support programmes and media
literacy initiatives;
– monitor the implementation of Art. 59 of the revised Audiovisual Media Services
Directive (AVMSD).

Nadia Bellardi represented CMFE at the December 11 th 2019 meeting, highlighting the role of
community media in enabling citizens to share their viewpoints and make informed decisions.
She presented the Council of Europe background paper Media Literacy for all.

Supporting marginalised groups through community media.
The Expert Group also discussed the upcoming European Media Literacy Week, an initiative
by the European Commission to promote media literacy skills and projects across the EU,
which in 2020 will be held in Zagreb, Croatia, from March 30 th to April 5 th .

New Neighbours meet in Freiburg and Vienna

The refugee editorial group Our Voice at Radio Dreyeckland in Freiburg and the intercultural teams of Radio Orange and Okto TV in Vienna hosted media partners from Spain, Slovenia and Italy in October and November 2019, to share effective approaches for intercultural and multilingual productions. The resolution taken at the New Neighbours Format Development Workshops was to strengthen working relations and outreach programmes amongst
community media across Europe. Producers from Radio Student in Ljubljana (Slovenia),
Radio Televisio Cardedeu in Catalonia (Spain), Mondinsieme Intercultural Centre, Reggio
Emilia (Italy) and RadioFabrik in Salzburg (Austria) worked together with the teams of Our Voice, Orange and Okto to produce joint radio and TV shows with different viewpoints and multicultural voices. Continue reading